POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:23am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 11:52am
LAS CRUCES- Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes bombed our ships in Hawaii and killed more than 2,000 American service men.This morning in Las Cruces, a crowd gathered at Veterans’ Memorial Park to remember. A Marine Corps League-honor guard lowered the American flag to half-mast, while service members watched.
“The only thing I can remember, of course, was that first bomb," says Archie Luce, Veteran.
That's the first thing retired Navy mechanic 2nd class Archie Luce says about December 7, 1941.
“We were all shoved down, get up! Get down! Get below decks. They didn't know what was happening," say Luce.
He was aboard an LST, a landing ship tanker used by the Navy to support warfare operations. He was at Pearl Harbor.
"I lost a lot of shipmates, lot of men I went on training with," says Luce.
The retired naval mechanic can still recall the surprise attack that morning.
"While many survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack gathered in Hawaii, Las Cruces Veterans Memorial Park held its own ceremony today.
"It's an honor to do this; it's humbling because it's not for us. We're doing it for them and their families," says Jeronimo Del Bozque, Marine Honor Guard.
"That signifies it's an honor for the deceased," says Bozque.
An honor that Archie Luce remembers.
"Once in a while I just have flashes of what went on," says Luce.